Safety, Tolerance, Continuity, and Containment
Elizabeth H. Fleming's love of nature and natural forms is evident in all of her work. From collage to photomontage to garden sculpture, organic themes, shapes and colors inform her art. A native of Brooklin, Maine, Elizabeth acknowledges that coastal surroundings have greatly affected her art and provide the geography in which she places work. Her compositions include such subtle reminders of the past as pieces of an old prom dress, antique buttons, rings and other sentimental things as well as natural and found objects: stones, beach glass and shells, that not only make her works poignant but also create a whimsical and harmonious continuity between the natural and the man-made. It is her wish that the effect of these pieces create the illusion that they have grown out of the background like semi-organic life forces. Many of Elizabethıs works have a ³nesting² quality; the atmosphere of these pieces is one of safety and containment. In short, her collages attempt to impose order providing a contiguousness in which many unlike materials find shared meaning and safe haven.
A graduate of Connecticut College, Elizabeth studied with Maureen McCabe, collagist, who was a great influence on Elizabeth's aesthetic. At Franklin and Marshall College, Elizabeth worked with artist-in-residence, Bill Hutson, whose use of paint and other materials in his two-dimensional works influenced Elizabeth's use of media. She has also studied at Haystack School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine, and with Chris Baker, painter and sculptor, of Sedgwick, Maine. She currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.